2007-12-06 / Letters to the Editor

Farm had another successful year

The winter rye is planted and the Community Farm is pretty much put away for the winter. The birds and the deer remain active through the winter, but the rest of us humans, bugs and weeds are taking a break. This year was again a very productive year and we produced and gave away in excess of 12,000 pounds (6 tons) of fresh vegetables to those in need.

We had a great group of volunteers of all ages (over 150 people participated). We sold some vegetables at our farm stand to help offset next year's seed and operational costs. We probably had the best tomato crop ever. We had long-time young volunteers go off to college. We had other young volunteers scheduling time at the farm between their other responsibilities, like URI Marching Band, other paying jobs, etc. We had new volunteers planting, picking and weeding with enthusiasm. Leigh Archer carried on her family's tradition of working in the fields and working on the fund-raising. Through her efforts at St. George's and following in her brothers' footsteps, she raised $1153.73 from the students at her school and donated it all to the Jamestown Community Farm. It is the single largest donation "of all times." We had a fantastic turnout for the end of the year harvest dinner hosted by the Central Baptist Church and with live musical entertainment provided by "Tres Moutard."

On a sad note, we lost one of our very first volunteers at the Farm. For seven years, Ed Day was the most faithful of all of us and we all knew spring was here and it was time to get going when we saw his car parked at the gate of the farm.

Finally, we still have some Jamestown Community Farm Honey available in a very nice decorative jar for Christmas giving. If you wish to purchase the honey, contact Bob or Lynda at 423-0910. Also, if you would like to make a Christmas donation to the farm, you may make the checks out to the Jamestown Community Farm and send to: Bob Sutton, Farm Manager 28 Rosemary Lane. The farm is an element of the Conanicut Island Land Trust and your gift is tax deductible.

Thank you to all. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

Bob Sutton Farm Manager

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